The Democratic Party's fundraising machine continues to run. The Oakland A's will provide campaign funding. And money is flowing into the Las Vegas mayoral race.
These are just some of the takeaways from a year's worth of campaign finance activity reported on the Secretary of State's website ahead of Tuesday's reporting deadline. The report includes details on campaign fundraising and spending throughout 2023 for many Nevada politicians, from state legislative and local council candidates to candidate PACs and ballot initiative groups.
Federal candidates, including members of Congress, report their fundraising efforts to the U.S. Federal Election Commission, with the next report expected to be released at the end of January.
As of Tuesday afternoon, some reports had yet to be submitted before the midnight deadline, but the state's top raiser in 2023 was Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who himself He raised nearly $1.5 million for his cause, and another $432,000 for legal defense funds. his first year as the state's highest-ranking official. A group linked to the governor, called Nevada Way PAC, has also raised $928,000 and donated it to a number of Lombardo-backed legislative candidates, while Democrats are seeking a veto in the Legislature for the next session in 2025. They are working to prevent them from securing a supermajority. .
Other top fundraisers include Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, who is running for re-election, and former Rep. Shelley Barkley (D-NV), who is running for Las Vegas. Included are two local government candidates in the highly anticipated Southern Nevada election. Mayor. Each raised more than $1.1 million last year.
But one of the biggest fundraisers came from Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom, a PAC seeking to enshrine abortion access into the Nevada Constitution through a ballot initiative. The group raised $1.8 million, largely driven by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's $1 million from his Think Big America. Another $525,000 came from the Nevada Alliance, a Democratic-backed underground finance group.
nevada independent There will be further coverage and analysis of campaign finance activity in the coming days as additional reports are published online, but for now, here are some highlights from the early reports.
Mr. A distributed wealth to “yes” (and “no”) votes to the stadium bill.
nevada independent Major League Baseball's Oakland A's gave state lawmakers a total of $88,000 after Congress approved a $380 million public financing package to support plans to build a stadium in Las Vegas during a special session last year. I received a report showing that I made a donation.
The top donors were Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas) and House Speaker Steve Yeager (D-Las Vegas), who each received up to $10,000 in contributions from their teams. Budget Committee Chair Sen. Marilyn Dondero Roop (D-Las Vegas), Minority Leader PK O'Neill (R-Carson City), and Minority Leader Sandra Jauregui (D-Las Vegas) each received $5,000.
Historically, members of the political leadership who drive decision-making and are usually among the best fundraisers for each party tend to receive larger donations than rank-and-file members, but only legislative leaders did not receive any donations from the team.
A donates to members who are not term-limited or who have decided not to run for re-election, giving 31 members of Congress $1,000 each and 11 senators $2,000 each. Ta. Of the recipients, 11 of them voted “no” in the public funding package, 35 voted “yes” on the deal, and one was removed from the vote. Some of the donations were made before candidates decided to run for re-election or another office.
Notably, a small number of senators and members of Congress who were ostensibly hostile to the deal were not included in the list of recipients.
In recent history, Nevada Democrats have dominated Republicans in fundraising competitions, including comparisons between state parties. The Nevada Democratic Party reported raising $800,000 in the fourth quarter of 2023. That included $500,000 from two groups tied to the nation's largest carpenters union and $100,000 from The Venetian Las Vegas, once owned by the Adelson family, big Republican donors. include.
By comparison, the Nevada Republican Party Central Committee reported raising $15,000 in all of 2023, including the $50,000 each candidate in the Republican presidential caucus paid to the state Republican Party. Does not include $5,000.
Leading the charge in Congress, Mr. Cannizzaro reported raising $380,000 and began the year with nearly $714,000 in cash (no challengers have been announced at this time). She was followed by Mr. Yeager. Mr. Yeager has always been the council's top fundraiser even before he was elected leader, earning more than $297,000 in 2023 and entering 2024 with more than $452,000 on hand.
No other congressional candidates reported fundraising totals close to these numbers.
Challengers activate fundraising machines
Many of the biggest fundraising efforts in 2023 came from candidates in major 2024 Las Vegas-based races. From the Las Vegas City Council incumbent's massive war chest to Republican April Becker, who raised $329,000 to disrupt Democratic unity in Clark's party. County Commission.
However, through a series of congressional elections, Republican challengers seeking to prevent the Democratic Party from winning a super majority in 2025 have also raised large sums of money.
David Blogg, a former Republican House candidate running for Lombardo's 37th District and supported by Lombardo, reported raising $152,000. This gives him $68,000 and a wide lead over the district's incumbent Rep. Shea Backus (D-Las Vegas), who won the 2022 race by about 800 votes out of 31,000 cast. . Ms. Backus also reported that she has raised $50,000 through her “Our Best Nevada PAC,” all from her PAC in the Clark County Education Association.
Lori Rogich, the Lombardo-endorsed candidate running in the 11th Senate District, reported raising a whopping $166,000 in her bid to challenge Sen. Dallas Harris (D-Las Vegas). Also, Lombardo-endorsed candidate and Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck, who is seeking to fill the 18th Senate District seat vacated by the retirement of Sen. Scott Hammond (R-Las Vegas), is 10 They reported raising more than $10,000.
Executive officers do not participate in voting. So why are their fundraising numbers so large?
In 2026, the current terms of the six Nevada constitutional officers expire. Attorney General Aaron Ford and Treasury Secretary Zach Conine, two candidates barred from running again due to term limits, have continued their fundraising efforts unabated as they consider their own political futures.
Ford reported raising $391,000 and having nearly $200,000 in cash on hand, while Conine reported raising $248,000. Conine previously announced $750,000 in annual funding for himself and his PAC, Let's Get to Work Nevada, but the money raised by the PAC includes blockchain CEO Jeffrey – Included $500,000 from Mr. Burns.
The remaining four parties, including Mr. Lombardo, are likely to be up for re-election in 2026, and some members are building up military funds in advance. Democratic Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar reported raising $220,000 in 2023. This is a significant increase compared to Republican Lt. Gov. Stavros Anthony and Republican Treasury Secretary Andy Matthews, who reported raising less than $25,000 combined.
Anthony, for his part, was hampered by a fundraising blackout that affected the position of the governor and legislators, limiting fundraising for 30 days before and 30 days after the regular legislative session. But under the 2023 law, other statewide employees would be subject to similar restrictions.
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